CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Finance
October 16, 2019

Survey: consumer products firms wasting 60 percent of their money in digital transformation push

Companies are making expensive mistakes in pursuit of exploding e-commerce market, AlixPartners survey shows.

June retail sales beat forecasts despite tariff stress, NRF finds

NRF also predicts families will spend more than ever on back-to-school purchases this fall.

Economy continues to cool, but danger of full freight recession dims, ACT says

Conditions warrant caution through 2020 for commercial vehicle dealers, analyst writes.

Retail sales drop slightly in February, but long-term outlook stays strong

Consumers endure effects of poor weather, rocky stock market, government shutdown, NRF says.

Can your supply chain relationships affect your company's credit rating?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.

Monthly shippers index shows relief from high freight rates

FTR's November market measure hits first positive mark in over two years.

Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November

Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.

Ceva Logistics acquires CMA CGM's freight management unit as partners deepen ties

Part-owner CMA CGM says deal will accelerate Ceva's debt reorganization and digital transformation.

Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.

But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.

Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020

Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.

Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group

Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts

DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation

The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte

Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

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Logistics sector growth holds steady in September
Industry growth continues its slow pace, but activity is down considerably from a year ago, according to latest Logistics Manager's Index.

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Maritime sulfur cap could crimp container port volumes
IMO 2020 emissions cap to have unknown impact on container lines, international shippers, Drewry says.

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Consumer spending props up wobbly economy, NRF says
Peak season e-commerce is forecast for hot growth over winter holidays even as manufacturing tumbles to 2009 levels.

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Digital transformation simmers in supply chain planning circles
Study finds most companies are still formulating and gaining support for a digital strategy, with fear of change and data challenges as leading roadblocks.

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Carrier and shipper relationships face "dysfunction" over strained rail networks, study finds
Rail transportation networks need digital transformation, according to paper from Maine Pointe and Michigan State University.

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Demand surges for cold-storage warehousing, CBRE says
But construction requirements pose challenges for developers looking to capitalize on the trend.

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Report: Strong supply chains blend technology and humanity
The supply chain of the future requires a 60/40 blend of technology and human expertise, Coyote Logistics survey shows.

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Report: Technology is transforming the logistics industry
Communication technology and integrated platforms top list of software investments that will yield the highest ROI for logistics operations.

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Kuehne + Nagel pledges less-than-container-load shipments to be carbon-neutral by 2020
Move comes alongside renewable energy and reforestation programs from logistics giants IKEA, Amazon.

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Maritime port operators see great promise in artificial intelligence
AI could improve operational consistencies and enhance equipment utilization, Navis survey shows.

CSCMP Notebook
2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers to focus on supply chain's role in creating a sustainable business
The annual conference's diverse range of keynote speakers will include the CEO of a direct-to-consumer company, a high-tech guru, millennial entrepreneurs, and an NFL official.

CSCMP recognizes 2019 Emerging Leader Award winners
Unilever's Anahi Arza and CoLane's Parker Holcomb will be recognized at CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference for their meaningful contributions to the supply chain profession.

Johnson & Johnson supply chain executive to receive CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) will recognize Kathy Wengel for her contributions to the field at the annual EDGE Conference in September.

Booming economy drives U.S. business logistics costs up 11.4 percent
While shippers struggled to keep pace with tight capacity and rising rates in 2018, many of those pressures are starting to ease, says 30th annual State of Logistics Report.

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